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Mike Shepherd 


Justin Hayworth 

Associate Editor 

Chris Lawrie 

Photo Editor 

Kristy Egbert 

Feature Writer 

Amy Train 

Sports Writer 

Kim Gaines 

Feature Writer 

Pennee Lewis 


Travis Hare 

Sports Writer 

Dave Kratzer 

Faculty Advisor 


Butler County Community College 

901 S. Haverhill Road 

Building 100, Room 104 

El Dorado, Kansas 67042 

(316) 322-3893 

Letters to the editor encouraged 

Searcy Duncan celebrates 
after Butler defeated the 
Bronc Busters in Garden City 
on October 10. The win 
was first of three crucial 
victories on the Grizzlies' 
way to a national title. 
Photo by Mike Shepherd. 


12 Y2K mania 

There's been a lot of talk 
about what will happen to 
computers and the world 
come January 1, 2000-except 
for at Butler. Is there a prob- 
lem? If there is, can the 
school survive? 
Story by Kristy Egbert 

16 Dairy Kings 

The Grizzly football team 
completed a sweep of its sea- 
son's opponents by defeating 
Rick's College in the Diary 
Bowl to win the 1998 
National Championship. 
Story by Travis Hare 
and Mike Shepherd 

28 KISS 

A bottle of wine. A three- 
month supply of t-shirts. A 
lunch box and a guitar. 
What do all of these things 
have in common? They're all 
in Dean Book's KISS 
Story by Dave Kratzer 

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^^^^^^ocus. Discipline. Respect. Self-control. 

^^m That's what fames Davis says it takes 
to succeed in martial arts, and he 
plans on practicing what he preaches as he 
fights his way to the top of the Karate world 

He's a man on a mission. 

It's his mission to be the best in martial arts. 
Not just in El Dorado or Kansas. Not just in the 
Midwest. Not just in the United States, either. 
He wants to be the best martial arts fighter in 
the world. Period. That's all. No bigee. 

And the 24-year-old Butler sophomore 
continued that quest in January when he 
flew down to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, to 

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compete in the internationally-televised Caribbean 
International Martial Arts Games, where he 
fought some of the best fighters on the planet 
as a member of Team USA. 
"It doesn't matter if I fight 10 or one, I plan 
on winning," Davis said before leaving Jan. 14 - 
his birthday-for Jamaica and the week-long 
tournament. "When I go to a tournament, I'm 
competing against myself, not the other guy, 
to be the best that I can be." 

In Jamaica, Davis won a silver medal. 
After winning his first two fights handily, 
Davis was disqualified in the finals match 
as he was going for the gold. "The guy I 

was fighting didn't beat me. I beat myself," Davis explains. 
Organizers of the tournament were worried about safety 
in the contact sport, and Davis says, overly concerned. "A 
lot of good fighters were disqualified because they weren't 
used to such precaution." 

Davis' road to martial arts success began when he was a 
third grader, enrolled in a Henderson, Nev, Boys Club 
Judo class. He messed around with that for a little over a 
year before dropping it altogether. In middle school he 
took Tae Kwon Do lessons for another year. 

Neither Judo nor Tae Kwon Do factored into his life 
until 1996. Working out of El Dorado as a subcontractor 
who redesigned gas stations, Davis was on the job in 
Atlanta during the Olympics when he heard about a local 

A year of hard work has paid off for James Davis, seen here 
working out in downtown El Dorado. After a hiatus from the 
sport, Davis got back into Karate a year ago and has advanced 
all the way up to a red belt, just one short of a black. "Just 
because you possess a certain color belt doesn't guarantee 
you're going to be a good fighter. That's why I focus on just 
trying to improve myself," Davis says. 

Tae Kwon Do tournament. He went over to check it out, 
and when he saw the competition, he decided to enter as a 
green belt. (According to Davis, in the martial arts profi- 
ciency is measured and "belts" of competency are award- 
ed to students who master techniques, and self-defense 
moves. In order of expertise, from lowest to highest, are 
the white, yellow, green, blue, red, and black belts. Davis 
says it generally takes three to six months of intense train- 
ing to move up a belt.) 

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Davis, the green belt, won the tournament. It was a 
turning point in his life. 

"That sparked me," he remembers. "It made me want to 
move home to settle down, go back to school and get 
involved in martial arts again." 

To get REAL involved in martial arts again. 

Moving was no big deal. Butler handled the school part, 
and Dave Estes of El Dorado Martial Arts in downtown El 
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Dorado handled the rest. Davis calls Estes his Sensei (sen- 
say), or teacher of American Freestyle Karate, which is 
now Davis' fuel on his fire. 

In one year, Davis has been training and working out 
from six to eight times a week to become the best fighter 
he can become. Private lessons, daily fighting, weightlift- 
ing, aerobics, jumping rope and the ritualistic working on 
technique are all part of his equation to find big-time 


"When I first met Mr. Dave Estes, he gave me an 
overview about what it was all about. We started sparring 
from day one, and we've been doing it daily ever since." 

Davis, in less than a year, has moved up from a white to 
blue belt, and in regional competition in Wichita, 
Lawrence, Kansas City, Joplin, Hays and McPherson, he 
generally competes against black belts. In 10 tournaments 

A beam of sunlight shines on James Davis' face as he twirls the 
punching ball with his fists, left. Above, Davis works with his 
instructor - called a 'sensei' - Dave Estes during a daily work- 
out at the El Dorado Martial Arts Center. 

in 1998-remember, he just began this seriously last 
January-he has finished first place eight times, second 
place twice, and on two occasions he was Black Belt Grand 
Champion, meaning not only did he fight up in class 
against black belts, he beat the best of the black belts at 
those tournaments. 

Modestly, James Davis waxes philosophically about the 
color of belts. "Just because you possess a certain color belt 
doesn't guarantee you're going to be a good fighter. That's 
why I focus on just trying to improve myself, not on beat- 
ing the competition." 

He says Sensei Estes encourages him to fight against 
competitors who supposedly have more experience and 
better technique so that Davis will learn from good fight- 
ers, not bad ones. For the international competition in 
Jamaica, he qualified to fight as a red belt. 

"If I want to be recognized as one of the best in the 
world, I have to move out to the coast," Davis says. "I see 
myself moving out to California where I might be able to 
attract attention to myself and get some team sponsors 
that would allow me to get more national and internation- 
al fights. 

"In the long run, I see myself opening up a martial arts 
school. But before that I want to be one of the best. That's 
my main focus at the present time." 

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Can Butler handle the new year? Officials say yes 

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Year 2000 paranoia is sweep- 
ing the country. Why are so 
many people paranoid? 
Because Y2K critics say it is going to 
bring about a technological 
Armageddon, so to speak. All is quiet 
on Butler's midwestern front regard- 
ing the Y2K computer bug. So the 
question on inquiring minds is, if 
there is a problem, can Butler survive? 

That's a good question. 

About 30 years ago computer pro- 
grammers designated computer date 
codes in six digits rather than eight to 
save expensive memory. Having the 
computer assume a (19) in the year 
spot seemed like a good decision, at 
least at the time. Newer computers 
are built with a four-digit year, so 
they are compliant with Y2K. But 
older machines and programs still 
could be useless come the turn of the 
century. On those machines at mid- 
night on January 1, 2000, the date 
will read 01 /01 /00. Since a (19) is 
assumed by the computers they could 
interpret 01/01/00 as January 1, 1900, 
hence the nightmare begins. 

People, of course, will know that 
the "00" stands for 2000, however the 
hardware in those computers will not 
understand the new meaning, and 

unless they are fixed or replaced they 
could fail at the turn of the century. 
The computers could fail in one of 
three ways: they will reject legitimate 
entries, compute erroneous results or 
just simply not run. Now, to anyone 

who knows computers or relies on 
them to get through their daily lives, 
this is pretty scary news. 

Mainframe computers run just 
about everything in our country — air 
traffic control, banks, railroads, public 
utilities, telephone lines, military com- 
munication, Social Security, Medicare, 

the financial markets and more. 
Basically, we're almost completely 
dependent on computer systems that 
are subject to the Y2K bug. 

Year 2000-induced failures may 
have a severe impact on their ability 

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to deliver critical services, such as the 
nation's air transportation may face 
major delays and disruptions because 
airlines may not be able to file flight 
plans with the Federal Aviation 
Administration. Taxpayers may not 
receive timely tax refunds because the 
Internal Revenue Service may be 
unable to process their returns. 
Payments to retirees and veterans 
may be delayed or disrupted by the 
failure of the nation's benefit payment 
system. Plenty more could go wrong 
as well, including power outages due 
to the failure of power grids. 
Something of great importance to 
most of the people reading this is the 
fact that college students may not 
receive their educational loans 

Whatever happens on the first day 
of 2000, Butler will be OK. Right now, 
the college is in the middle of a soft- 
ware implementation. The search for a 
replacement began in 1996, partly 
because of Y2K, but the more impor- 
tant reason was the fact that the cur- 
rent software is old and outdated. All 
the software is going to be switched 
over to Banner 2000 that was pur- 

The Year 2000 will come and go just like any other year. I' 

-freshman Quentin Shackelford 

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life will go on, and I'll be running my train set on January 1, 2000." 

■Torn Erwin, Butler's chief information officer 

chased from the SCT corporation. A 
Hewlett Packard 9000 computer was 
also purchased to run it. Both are Y2K 
compliant. Y2K and outdated appli- 
ances were primary reasons for the 
earlier implementation of the new 
software. Y2K just pushed the time- 
line. It usually takes three years to 
implement a system and Butler's been 
able to cut it in half, down to 18 
months. Software that is Y2K compli- 
ant is progressively being installed in 
the computer labs and workstations 
and will continue to be through out 
this next fiscal year. 

Tom Erwin, the chief information 
officer of Butler, is one of many who 
plan, design, install and support the 
info tech system at Butler. He's more 
worried about people's reactions to 
Y2K, rather than the bug itself. "A lot 
of religious views are coming into 
play, like Armageddon. My biggest 
fear is people's reaction to the Y2K 
thing; they become alarmist, very 
fearful. I wonder how everyone is 
going to react to the media frenzy. The 
best advice I heard was to prepare for 
Y2K like you would prepare for a nor- 
mal storm that would knock out the 
power for a night," Erwin says. 

There's a lot of information floating 
around out there that is not valid; 
people don't know or can't tell 
whether it's fact or fiction. Of course, 
people have to expect a few inconve- 
niences. The internet has been a huge 
tool in informing people about Y2K, 
unfortunately as much of it is hoopla 
as it is fact. 

"Essentially, you either fix it or 
replace it; we chose to replace it. 
That's the basic decision people are 
going to have to deal with. I try to 
keep informed, I take a lot of maga- 
zines and periodicals on Y2K. The bet- 
ter informed people can be about it 
all, the better, rational conclusions 
they can come to," Erwin says. 

Butler's early start on this problem, 
enabling the college to push ahead 
into the new century, has a positive 
impact. It's helped to update equip- 
ment and given technology a push 
that may not have occurred otherwise. 

Taking some precautions has been 
advised like hoarding cash, food, 
water, fuel and medical supplies by 
December 31, 1999. Some people have 
taken it as far as buying power gener- 
ators, building dwellings under- 
ground or in the mountains and stor- 
ing massive amounts of food. 
"Personally, I think people are little 
extreme about the food, but at least 
they can eat it," Erwin says. 

This whole Y2K business has either 
got people worried and panicked, or 
just plain muffed about all of the hype 
and attention it's getting when there 
is really nothing to worry about. 
Butler freshman BJ Woodside is taking 
one side of the Y2K debate . 

"It will be the end of the world 
and the charred bodies will litter the 
streets," he says. 

Others, including freshman 

befuddled by the mass hysteria." 

Quentin Shackelford, believe the 
whole thing is blown out of propor- 
tion. "All would be well with the 
world if the media didn't play to peo- 
ples' petty emotions by worrying 
about murder, madness, mayhem and 
wide-spread panic. We invented time, 
so why do we fear it? The year 2000 
will come and go just like any other 
year," Shackelford says. "I'm befud- 
dled by the mass hysteria." 

However devastating Y2K seems, it 
has been said that any serious year 
2000-related computer problems that 
happen after midnight on December 
31, 1999, should be repaired within 
days or even hours of the problem. 
Luckily, New Year's Eve 1999 falls on 
a Friday, leaving the weekend to recu- 

"I'm a very optimistic person, I 
have some faith in our systems and 
the people addressing the issue," 
Erwin says. "But I think it'll be OK, 
we'll just have some minor inconve- 

"All in all we'll be OK, life will go 
on, and I'll be running my train set on 
January 1, 2000." 

Choo-choo. We can only hope. 

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The lights dark and the cold auditorium soon became the arena 
in which a dozen silhouetted bodies dashed across the backdrop. 
Artificial smoke rose from the floors slightly obscuring even the best 
view in the house. 

A little bit later, the stage lights are dimmed again, and the 
sound of a fetal heartbeat echoes off the walls. A spotlight appears 
and shines on the dancer awaiting her first cue. Throughout the 
performance, the dancer moves with the music and the sound of a 
mother's voice. 

When Cheyla Cabrales was asked two years ago to 
choreograph a dance, she had just met her bio- 
logical parents and was eight months pregnant. 

"I was very emotional," she remembers. "But dance is an 
emotional medium for me; I use it to get out what I don't 
want to say aloud." 

The Butler dance instructor has gone through a lot in her 
life, including knowing at age five that she was adopted. 
"Although, I feel like knowing from that age on was good," 
Cabrales says. 

Still family-oriented, Cabrales calls her adoptive mother 
her mom. "Anybody can have a child, not everybody can be 
a good parent. How different my life would have been-I 
grew up the oldest but would have been the youngest-not 
that I would give up my family now, or my biological fami- 


"Having a child was so significant to me," Cabrales says. 
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She was excited, but a little afraid, like all first-time moth- 
ers. "But I didn't think I knew anything about that." 

And she wanted to tell the world just what she was 
going through. "I had a lot of fears that I wouldn't be able 
to communicate how I felt to my child. It was because I 
was very reclusive most of my life." 

And thus, "Quiera" was born-the dance and the child. 
"Quiera" was performed by Kerri Wayland, a talented 
Augusta High School student, with a music layover that 
included Cabrales' voice, the sounds of a fetal heartbeat, 
and soft music wafting in and out. 

The dance which was one of many performed at Are 
You Ready ?-the Fall Dance concert in December. 

All the other performances in the fall concert, except the 
title piece, were choreographed by Cabrales. "Are You 
Ready?"-the dance, choreographed by Jonathan Lewis at 
the NCA Dance Co.-was a hip-hop, jazz kind of piece that 
got the crowd involved. 

All of the other dance pieces were different, though 
choreographed by the same person. "Between the Lines" 
was the second piece performed. It was a dance theater 
piece that consisted of an actor, John Sommerhauser, and a 
dancer, Cabrales. "Wake Up" was a ballet piece performed 
by the beginning ballet class. "Yours" was a solo of mod- 
ern dance performed by Seth Stone. 

The next performance was "Dear Me," with Cabrales on 
stage performing a modern dance with a chair incorporat- 
ed into the choreography, with three male dancers joining 
in out in the audience. 

"'Dear Me' was my favorite, because you can express 
yourself in your own way; your own interpretation. Dance 
doesn't have set boundaries," Seth Reimer, who also 
danced in "Are You Ready?", says. 

There were also two more group performances. One 
was a tap-dance piece with six women performing in it. 
"Everybody Else" is a modern dance performed by five 
women. It was the only dance that Cabrales held auditions 

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"I go into a different state of mind when I dance," says 
Tina Sayre, who performed in the concert. "Because I'm 
focusing on one thing-the dance and how it makes me 

And that's just what Cabrales was trying to accomplish. 

"Through my choreography, I'm trying to give the stu- 
dents a more artistic view of dance, to expose them to 
more genres of dance," Cabrales explains. 

Opposite page top: Kerri Wayland, an Augusta High 
School student, performs Cheyla Cabrales' dance 
"Quiera," a tribute to her daughter. 
Photo by Justin Hayworth. 

Opposite page bottom: The spotlight catches Tina 
Sayre's face in a dance titled "Everybody Else." 
Photo by Justin Hayworth. 

Left: Tina Sayre and Lacy Kerr perform more artistic 
moves in Are You Ready. 
Photo by Mike Shepherd. 

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Chances are, he didn't lose it, he just can't find it. 
And by taking a look inside the office of Bill 
Bid well-Butler's seemingly forgetful instructor-it's 
easy to see why. 

If you can open the door. The door opens in, but only to 
40 degrees, less than half of what it is supposed to. But it's 
enough for him to slide in. Eight years in room 128 has been 
plenty of time for Bidwell to fill it, literally, to the roof. 

Once inside, it's hard telling what you might find. If he's 
ever lost it, it's probably in there. 

However, Bidwell is vowing to change that perception of 
him. To start, he's going to clean his messy office. 

He managed to fill a recycling bin full with old papers 
outside his office one day back in January. Some dated back 
more than three years. "I have no idea why I kept that," he 

Despite the progress he'd made that day, he had to scoot 
boxes back in to his office because the janitors told him he 
couldn't keep his stuff in the hallway. 

"I'll have it all cleaned up by Friday," he says. "Or 
Saturday, anyway." 

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Butler's Michael Jackson, right, tries to steal the ball 
away from Cloud County's Justin Steinbrock during 
the second half of the January 23 meeting. Butler won 
81-55. At the end of January, their record is 4-4 in the 
Jayhawk Conference and 15-6 overall. 
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There were six - count 'em, six - 

captains on the football team, a 

symbolic representation of just how 

talented the Grizzlies were in '98. 

Pictured to the right are Jared Page, 

Corey Harris, and AJ Blazek. The 

other three not pictured are Josh 

Allen, Andy Guhr, and 

Jermaine Petty. 

Photo by Mike Shepherd. 

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Tailback Rudi Johnson runs up 
the field for a huge gain in the 
second-round playoff game with 
Hutchinson. Several inches of 
rain the week after Halloween 
turned Galen Blackmore 
Stadium into a swamp. 
Photo by Justin Hayworth. 

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he clearance lights glowed like orange Christmas 
decorations and the engines rumbled like only 
h diesels can as assistant football coach Steve Braet 
stuffed one last bag into the lead charter bus luggage com- 
partment. Meanwhile, head coach James Shibest finished an 
interview for KAKE-TV. 

"This is going to be a long 20-hour ride, but a fun one. 
When the number one team is going to play the number two 
team, everyone's excited," he said. 

With those comments, the cameraman's light turned off 
and Shibest stepped onto the bus. Within minutes, two 
Village Charter motor coaches rolled out of the parking lot 
to the cheers and applause of fans on their way to Idaho, 
with championship dreams on board. 

Story by 

Travis Hare and 

Mike Shepherd 

Whether the Grizzlies would come back to Kansas with a 
championship would have to wait a week to be seen. To 
some, the wait seemed as long as the season itself. But if the 
gridiron stars that proved the skeptics wrong all season 
were successful in just one more effort, then the wait would 
definitely be worth it. 

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Carl Nesmith carries the ball up the field in Garden City in Butler's most crucial win of 

August heat 

After losing prospect tailback 
Leo Mills to Division I Arizona, it 
was up in the air as to who would 
play that position. And as far as 
the air goes, it was hot, damn hot, 
as heat indices soared well above a 
hundred for several days in a row. 
The deaths of two Wichita-area 
high school players due to the 
heat caused concern for folks 
around the Butler camp. 

The loss of Mills took care of 
itself when Virginia freshman 
Rudi Johnson stepped up during 
the preseason Purple and Gold 
scrimmage. Shibest put Johnson 
on the roster and every one 
seemed ready for the first game 
against Northeastern Oklahoma, 
the 19th ranked team in the 

"I feel we have a good chance to 
win," said offensive lineman AJ 
Blazek of the then-ranked No. 20 
Grizzlies. "If we go right at them 
on offense and fly around them on 
defense, I have no doubt we'll 


It was that confidence that car- 
ried the Grizzlies through that 
game and for the rest of the sea- 
son. "We have real high expecta- 
tions, not just for this game, but 
for the entire season," Shibest said. 

Preparing for war 

The Grizzlies took an 11-spot 
jump in the polls to No. 9 after 
defeating non-conference NEO. 
That was a big win for the 
Grizzlies because NEO had beaten 
them the year before and were 
thought to be the better team. But 

the season. Photo by Justin Hayworth. 

that game was over now and it 
was time for league play to start. 
The victims: Independence, which 
was shut out 29-0 and Grizzly full- 
back Marcus Childs who suffered 
a broken leg. 

Coach Shibest said after the next 
match with Coffeyville that his 
players needed to be ready to go 
to war. That's exactly what that 
game had been as it took two 
overtimes to knock off their sec- 
ond ranked opponent. Butler had 
been up by 14 late in the fourth 
when the Red Ravens mounted 
their comeback with two touch- 
down passes. But two overtime 
field goals by Adam Stiles sealed 
the win, rebuilding his reputation 
as a kicker. Even the radio 
announcers were doubtful that 
Stiles could make the game-win- 

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Right and bottom photos: Freshman tailback 
Rudi Johnson rushed for over 1,600 yards 
in just seven starts this season. He col- 
lected 196 in the playoff game with 
Garden City. Photos by Justin Hayworth. 

"There was a lot of pressure on 
me," Stiles said. "I missed a few 
kicks earlier and (the team) was 
relying on me to make them." 

Gearing up for Garden 

The Grizzlies carried their three 
game winning streak to 
Hutchinson for their first road test 
of the season in late September. 
Things didn't look good early on 
as Butler was quickly down 12-0. 

"The slow play of the offense in 
the first quarter was basically my 
fault," said sophomore quarter- 
back Josh Allen. "I made a few 
bad reads and misthrew the ball." 

However, Butler scored three 
times before the half on a two- 
yard run by Andy Guhr, a fumble 
recovery by Jermaine Petty and 
Allen's 46-yard pass to Damon 
Richardson. Hutchinson countered 
with two more touchdowns to 
take the half time lead 25-20. That 
kind of scoring will happen when 
a defense gives up over 200 yards 
as Butler did that game. 

But Butler dominated the sec- 

ond half, holding the Blue 
Dragons scoreless while scoring 19 
of their own, winning 39-25. While 
neither of them scored, tailbacks 
Kaylon Price and Johnson com- 
bined for 303 yards of rushing 
offense, making key advances in 
field position for the Grizzlies. 

"It always helps to have two 
great tailbacks like Price and 
Johnson," Shibest said after the 

Mills who? 

A game with Fort Scott would 
be the last test before the impend- 

ing shootout with Garden City 
way out west. The Grizzlies 
passed 20-7 in what was pretty 
much a ho-hum game. 

"The defense played well. We 
let them score on that one stupid 
play. Other than that, they could- 
n't do anything on us," said Eli 
Palmisciano, a linebacker. 

Stupid plays would have to be 
kept to a minimum in the next 
game. After all, Garden City was 
then the No. 2 team in the nation 
and hadn't given up a touchdown 
all season. Vic Penn, their quarter- 
back, had also passed for 1,500 

"This is definitely one of our 
biggest games," Jermaine Petty 

"A very, very good game." 

Defense was the key in defeat- 
ing Garden City. A fumble recov- 
ery early in the first quarter set up 
a Carl Nesmith-Chad Lafferty 
touchdown combination. Add that 
to Stiles' earlier field goal and 
Butler had an early 10-0 lead. 
Thirteen seconds into the second 
quarter a Bronc Buster pass was 
intercepted, which set up another 
field goal. Butler now led 13-0. 

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They carried that lead into half- 

Garden City had won the open- 
ing coin toss and deferred to the 
second half. Although they got the 
ball to start the second half of play, 
they turned it over quickly as 
Butler's Jermaine Francis inter- 
cepted a pass and returned it 48 
yards for the score. Add the extra 
point and the Grizzlies were up by 
an amazing 20 points on the sec- 
ond-ranked team. 

Garden got on the board near 
the end of the third quarter after 
the snap went over punter Stiles' 
head. The Bronc Busters picked it 
up in the end zone for an easy six. 
Butler answered right back with 
another touchdown and field goal 
to knock off Garden 30-15. 

"We played a very, very good 
game," Coach Shibest said after 
the game. "The kids like a chal- 

lenge and were prepared to play." 
The Grizzlies' win took Garden 
out of the top five and catapulted 
Butler to the number three spot, 
where they would remain until 
they would meet Garden City 

Cloud 9 complacency? 

Coach Shibest was a little wor- 
ried after the Garden City defeat 
that his players might not be ready 
to take on Highland - the Jayhawk 
Conference's little team. 
Sometimes it is easy to underesti- 
mate the capabilities of your oppo- 
nent when you are on Cloud 9. 
And at this point in the season, it 
was starting to get around town 
that El Dorado had a serious con- 
tender on its hands. 

But the worry was for nothing 
as the Grizzlies tackled Highland 

in the mud in northeast Kansas. 
The first of three Mud Bowls the 
Grizzlies would have to play. 

This put Butler's record at 7-0 
heading into homecoming week- 
end with visiting Dodge City. "I 
expect a big crowd," Coach 
Shibest said. "People have got to 
be excited with the way things are 

"We have to be focused and 
understand the importance of each 
and every game we play. It's all 
mental. If we come ready to play, 
we can beat any team in the coun- 

Just wait. 

Home, sweet home 

"We let them score on that one stupid play. Other than 1 

22 The Grizzly 

At this point in the season, it 
didn't matter how the Grizzlies 
were winning. The point is they 
were and everybody was happy 
and excited. But in this game, they 
won big. They were only up by 
one after the first quarter, 8-7. But 
behind three touchdown runs by 
Andy Guhr and a kickoff return 
by Carl Nesmith, Butler sailed eas- 
ily 52-7 over Dodge. The final 
point summed up the game-an 
extra point kicked by AJ Blazek. 

The center. 

The win sealed the home field 
advantage for the Grizzlies 
throughout the playoffs. And at 8- 
0, this was Shibest's first undefeat- 
ed season at Butler after arriving 
in 1996. 

This also happened to be the 
Homecoming game. Marcus 
Childs, who had been injured in 
the first game was crowned king, 
and Megan Keim was crowned 
queen during halftime. 

Trash talking 

It was cold and it was wet. 
Correction: It was freezing and 
there was a flood. 

The first round playoff game 
with Fort Scott could have been a 
close game except someone forgot 
to tell Rudi Johnson that you're 
not supposed to be able to run 
well in monsoon-like conditions. 
Johnson, the freshman tailback 
from Virginia, carried the ball 35 

Far left: Give credit to Butler's defense 
for holding up all season, sometimes in 
undesirable weather. Thane Bernbeck 
and Jason Peter stop Hutchinson's Tom 
Grow in the mud. Left: Jermaine Francis 
celebrates after Butler recovered a fum- 
ble in the same game. Butler finished 
fourth in the nation on total defense. 
Photos by Justin Hayworth. 

they couldn't do anything on us." 

times for 231 yards in the 28-0 win 
on the weekend that rain flooded 
most of Butler County. This was 
good because there was absolutely 
no passing game. Between the two 
teams, there were four pass 
attempts and all were incomplete. 

Butler was now all but assured 
a bowl game. But with two more 
playoff games remaining, there 
was still some more unfinished 
business to take care of, including 
the trash-talking Hutchinson Blue 
Dragons, who talked the talk, but 
fell down trying to walk. 

The first quarter saw three scor- 
ing drives; a 25-yard run by 
Johnson, an interception by Corey 
Harris, and a pass from Allen. This 
quickly put the score at 21-0. 
Things were quiet in the second 
half as a field goal by Adam Stiles 
was the only points added to the 

But in the third quarter alone, 
Butler scored 28 points, as many 
as they had allowed in the previ- 
ous four contests. And the same 
familiar names led the way. 
Nesmith had another kickoff 
return, this one for 77 yards. Rudi 
Johnson broke free for an 86-yard 
touchdown dash and Jermaine 
Francis returned a blocked punt. 
The final score of the quarter came 
on a 20-yard run by Kaylon Price, 
who had 101 yards on nine carries 
in his first game back after a 
quadricep injury. Price added 
another touchdown in the fourth. 

Hutch finally scored with six 
minutes left in the game, well after 
most of Butler's starters had sat 
down. The final score: us 59, them 

The Grizzly 23 

A look back 

game by game... 

Game 1: 

BCCC 23 
NE0 14 

Game 2: BCCC 29 

Game 3: BCCC 20 

(2 OT) Coffey ville 17 

If we come ready to play, we c; 

Late scare 

When Garden City rolled into 
town for the Jayhawk 
Championship, it had revenge on 
its mind. And rightly so, since 
Butler had knocked them out of 
national championship contention 
with a win earlier in the season in 
Garden City. 

The Bronc Busters came out 
early and scored a quick 10 points 
against a sluggish Butler defense. 
Their first score came after a 
Grizzly fumble. 

But an interception by Jermaine 
Francis right before halftime 
sparked a turn around for the 
Grizzlies and put them back in 
the game. It also put several anx- 
ious Butler fans back on their feet, 
as they had been silenced by 
Garden City's domination. 

Midway through the third, Carl 
Nesmith scored on a 10-yard run 
after Garden City's fake punt 
failed. They led by one going into 
the fourth. 

An Adam Stiles season-best 40- 
yard field goal and another 
Johnson touchdown run sealed 
the 24-13 victory and Jayhawk 
Championship-the school's first 
since 1995. 

One more game 

But they weren't through yet. 
They had one more game to win 
in Idaho. "We've enjoyed the suc- 
cess we've had but we want to 
finish it out," quarterback Josh 
Allen said. "No one wants to lose 
the last game of the season." 

Indeed, a loss would certainly 
taint a great season with a cloud 
of "what-ifs." 

"If we slip up now nobody will 
remember we were undefeated," 
said Shibest. "They'll just remem- 
ber we lost." 

No need to worry about that. 

Gone bowlin' 

On the opening drive of the 
Real Dairy Bowl, the Ricks 
Vikings fumbled the ball and 
allowed the Grizzlies to recover it. 
A few plays later the Grizzlies 
scored on a Rudi Johnson touch- 
down. The extra-point attempt 
failed and the Grizzlies led 6-0. 

The Grizzlies got the ball back 
again after forcing Ricks to punt. 
Adam Stiles then hit a 37-yard 
field goal to go ahead 9-0. 

It looked like it was going to be 
all Grizzlies until the Vikings 
finally scored with just 26 seconds 
to play in the first quarter. The 
Grizzlies still had a slight edge 
over the Vikings, 9-7. 

Game 4: BCCC 39 
Hutch 25 

Game 5: BCCC 20 
Ft. Scott 7 

Game 6: BCCC 30 

Garden City 15 

24 The Grizzly 

beat any team in the country. 

The fans had more to cheer 
about soon enough when Johnson 
broke free for another touch- 
down. The extra-point was bust 
again and the Grizzlies led 15-7. 

Butler had the ball in the final 
minutes of the half and were dri- 
ving until they were bombarded 
with several penalties that the 
crowd found to be questionable. 
Ricks got the ball and scored on a 
field goal after two more Butler 
penalties, both for roughing the 

Butler went to halftime with 
their lead cut to 15-10. 

The second half began and the 
Grizzlies were still being plagued 
by penalties. After another ques- 
tionable call, this one on a pass 
interference that got the crowd 
really steamed up, the Vikings 
got into scoring position and took 
the lead for the first time, 18-15. 

To make matters worse the 
Grizzlies starting quarterback 
Josh Allen went down with an 
injury and forced back-up quar- 
terback Brad Grim to take a few 
snaps. Allen would return a few 
plays later. 

The third quarter ended with 
the Vikings still winning 18-15. 
The score remained the same 
until late in the fourth quarter of 
the game. 

The Grizzlies had the ball with 
just a few minutes left. You 

sensed a feeling of immediacy in 
both crowds. The Vikings knew 
they had to make a defensive 
stand and the Grizzlies knew 
they had to score. 

After a few small gains Allen 
stepped back in the pocket and 
sent off a rocket down the field to 
wide receiver Damon Richardson. 
Richardson caught the ball and 
ran a few steps into the end zone 
and gave Butler a late 22-18 lead. 

Ricks got the ball back with a 
little over a minute to play. The 
Grizzlies defense knocked down 
four straight passes and ended 
the game-becoming the national 

The purple sea parted and 
flooded the field to congratulate 
their warriors on an excellent 
game. After the celebration the 
fans and players retired to their 
hotels and headed out early the 
next day. As one Butler fan put it, 
"Ricks' two-hour trip will be a lot 
longer than our 20-hour trip." 

Back in August, head coach 
James Shibest-who would end up 
winning the National Coach of 
the Year award-had an idea his 
team would do well. He was a lit- 
tle off in his prediction, though. 

"If we start out winning three 
or four games and finish well, we 
have a chance to be in the top 
10," he said. 

Well, coach, you finished No. 1. 

National Junior College 
Football Champions! 

Game 12: BCCC 22 
Ricks 18 


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W' ' ..•- \ 

Game 11: BCCC 24 

Garden City 13 

Game 10: BCCC 59 
Hutch 8 

Game 7: 

BCCC 20 

Game 8: 

BCCC 52 
Dodge City 7 

Game 9: 

BCCC 28 
Fort Scott 

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To the right: Lady Grizzly runners 

Deanna Litke, Jana Culp and Brenda 

Sommers round a muddy turn on 

their way to a seventh-place team 

finish at the national meet in 

November. Never before has a 

women's team from Butler placed 

higher than 10th. 

Below: Women's coach Deb Torneden 
encourages Butler's runners as they 

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A path not yet taken by a 
Butler women's cross coun- 
try team was trod by this 
year's young group of women. 

It has been seven years since a 
Butler women's team has qualified for 
the National Cross Country meet. But 
this year's squad accomplished more 
than just qualifying; they earned a 
seventh ranking heading into the 
meet, Butler's highest ever. 

But they didn't just start the race in 
seventh. With strong performances by 
Cindy Dietrich and the Chaloupka 
twins, Stacey and Tracey, the women's 
team also finished seventh. 

The seventh best team in Division 
One. Not too shabby. 

It took extensive training and hard 
work to come away with a seventh 
placing at nationals, held this year at 
Johnson County Community College 
in Overland Park. 

But to the squad, this accomplish- 



Story by Amy Train » Photos by Mike Shepherd 

ment never seemed impossible. 

"Our goal the whole season was to 
make it to nationals. Then we real- 
ized we could finish in the top 10," 
Dietrich says of the team's record-set- 
ting finish. 

Dietrich was the puppetmaster of 
the season, sealing an individual sec- 
ond-place finish at the Region VI 
meet. Her time of 21 minutes helped 
Butler place second as a team to 
Barton County in that meet. 

"Our goal all along was to be in the 
top 10," says women's coach Deb 
Torneden. "We definitely surpassed 
that goal." 

Butler women have not competed 
at the national level since 1992, when 
the women earned a lOth-place finish. 
They also placed 10th in 1989. 

This year had been set aside as a 
rebuilding year for women's cross 
country. But the women have jumped 
on the right track in just the first year 

of reconstruction. Six of the team's top 
eight runners are freshmen, says head 
cross country coach Fred Torneden. 
Besides Dietrich, the Chaloupkas also 
placed in the top 10 at the regional 

Last year, the squad was led by 
Kasey Sawyer, who was the only 
woman to compete at the national 
event. She broke her personal record 
by 30 seconds, but as a sophomore, 
she graduated, leaving the team with- 
out a clear leader. 

But with the rising stars of the '98 
campaign and the record-setting fin- 
ish, the Tornedens" expectations shoot 
to an even higher level. 

"We hope to recruit a couple of 
good, new runners and even go high- 
er than this year," Deb Torneden says. 
"We know what is out there, so now it 
is time to obtain the higher goals." 

Recruiting has always been a 
strong suit for the cross country pro- 

26 The Grizzly 

gram, but this year may have been a little 
too easy. 

"They kind of just fell in our lap this 
year," she says. She says that this year's 
group never dreaded a workout; they had 
strong discipline and worked hard. 

"We approach it in a way that we want 
to work hard and accomplish something," 
she says. "And we want to get it done." 

But the women weren't the only ones 
of praise this year, as the Tornedens' were 
voted Region VI Coaches of the Year. This 
honor came mainly because of the 
improvement of the women's program. 

"This women's group has been extra 
special to our coaching staff," Fred 
Torneden says. "They are very coachable 
and an extremely intelligent group... they 
have been an absolute joy to work with." 

More than four of the runners have 
maintained a 4.0 grade point average in 
the first semester of their college career, 
signifying their achievement in the class- 
room in addition to the race track. 

The women weren't the only ones to 
compete as the men's race was held later 
that same day. 

They repeated their performance of 

1997 with another third place finish-this 
time with 93 points. The Butler men have 
finished third or higher at the national 
meet in the past four years and were the 
national champions in 1995. 

Conference foe Dodge City won the 

1998 meet with 27 points. "That's got to 
be a record," Fred Torneden says. "We 
won it in '95 with 41 points." 

Rob Marney talks with Dennis Andersen, 
his high school cross country coach from 
Torrington, Wyoming, after competing in the 
national race. 

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Dean Book, a DJ at 88.1 fm, is a huge 
fan of KISS. His collection of KISS 
stuff-records, posters, masks, gui- 
tars, and a bottle of wine, just to 
name a few things-fills up most of 
his El Dorado apartment. The band 
influences most of the music he 
plays on the air. 

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28 The Grizzly 

Karch 1, 1977 was a turning point in little 
Dean Book's young life. Little did his grand- 
ma realize it at the time, but when she took 
her grandson downtown to what was then 
El Dorado's TG&Y store, she was enlisting 
the five-year-old boy in the army. The KISS Army. She was 
enabling the Kindergartner to pledge allegiance to the 
nation. The KISS Nation. She was turning the little boy 
over to the face-painting, fake-blood-spewing, ultra-loud, 
hard -rocking likes of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace 
Frehley and Peter Criss. 

Most little kids had nightmares about KISS. Be afraid. 
Be very, very afraid. 

"My grandma bought me Alive II at TG&Y for my fifth 
birthday," recalls the 26-year-old Butler sophomore today. 
"It came with rub-on tattoos 
and books. First thing I did 
was rub the tattoos on my 
arms. I shouldn't have done 
it, I guess, because now 
they're worth a fortune." 

Dean Book, who grew up 
to be a rocker— known far 
and wide for his band 
Hostility (1986-1997), and 
Gulch ("same band, just less 
filling," he jokes)— is obvious- 
ly a charter member of one of 
the world's largest and loyal 
rock band fan clubs, but he is 
also an avid KISS memorabil- 
ia collector. His collection, 
which he began as a pre- 
schooler—are you, the reader, grasping this?— numbers 
thousands of pieces. 

We're talking teddy bears, action figures, postcards, 
(authentic, used) guitar picks, a Paul Stanley autographed 
guitar, a Gene Simmon's autographed bass, comic books, 
movies, lunch boxes, Beanie Babies (yes, KISS Beanie 
Babies!), wine, trash cans, posters, magazines, Colorforms 
(remember them?), coloring books, puzzles, games, toys, 
not to mention albums, cassettes, CDs, and 50 or 60 T- 
shirts from concerts he's attended. 

His most prized possession, he says, is a towel from a 
1979 concert that has Gene Simmons' fake blood on it. 

"While other kids in elementary school were trading 
baseball cards, I was collecting KISS cards," Book remem- 
bers. "I traded my baseball cards to them in exchange for 
KISS trading cards." 

Goodbye, George Brett! Hello, Gene Simmons! 

In high school, Dean Book temporarily lost interest in 
the KISS Nation as he explored his own musical path. At 
about the same time, KISS, the heavy metal group that can 
trace its roots way back to the early 1970s, had fallen into a 
slump. The band had become what Paul Stanley called 
"family entertainment." 

When KISS captured the rock n' roll world's imagina- 
tion with the face paint, the fake blood, the platform shoes, 

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the studded dog collars, the outlandish costumes and the 
lyrics that encouraged young Americans to throw caution 
to the wind, they couldn't crank out enough live albums to 
keep the faithful, like Dean Book, satisfied. But then the 
same merchandising appeals that lured Book and thou- 
sands of others into the Army backfired on the bad boys 
from New York. 

"It became acceptable for a three-year-old kid to buy 
KISS dolls," Gene Simmons recalls on the group's video 
biography, KISS: Extreme Close-Up. "When we started out it 
was considered dangerous." 

KISS was called satan worshippers: "Kids In Satan's 
Service," religious groups cried during the band's heyday. 
Members of the group once had blood drawn in order to 
throw into a vat of red ink for a 1977-78 Marvel Comics 

comic book that was pub- 
lished in their honor. (Of 
course, Dean Book owns 

Rather than packing in 
the denizens of hell, KISS 
in the 1980s began attract- 
ing middle class families in 
minivans who came to see 
the legendary pyrotechnics, 
the painted faces, the on- 
stage hijinks and the cos- 
tumes. KISS had become a 
cliche. Spewing fake blood 
was no longer shocking; it 
became shtick. A made-for 
TV NBC movie portrayed 
the group as super heroes 
and was targeted at Middle America. 

But as the Eighties gave way to the Nineties, KISS 
began a comeback and Book was right there to chronicle 
the resurgence by snapping up memorabilia left and right. 
"Until 1996, the stuff was fairly easy to get," Books says. 
He met members of the band at a KISS convention in St. 
Louis in 1995. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley auto- 
graphed a real KISS logo tattoo on his leg. Stanley thought 
it was "very cool," and a picture of Book's signed tattoo 
was taken and published in the nine-pound, 500-page 
KISSton/ book, which chronicles the group's exploits and 
interaction with fans at concerts and at conventions that 
are held all over the country. 

Dean Book says that after the Beatles and Elvis, KISS 
has the largest universe of memorabilia for collectors. "A 
lot of the things that I buy, I buy two of them so I can take 
them to conventions to sell," he adds. "These KISS items 
are a good investment because the group has such a large, 
loyal following. They're always in demand." 

And so that's the story how a little boy from El Dorado, 
Kan., came to join the KISS Army, the KISS Nation. That 
trip to TG&Y was more than a passing fad, or some trendy 
fashion. It was the beginning of a lifelong obsession. 

"You could say my grandma changed my life that day," 
Book says. 

The GriaMly 29 


an A 

Review and photos 
by Kim Gaines 

Truth be known, Tammy Lewis did- 
n't even want to try out for the 
lead role in The Scarlet Letter-Butler's last 
dramatic production 1998. But there she 
was, standing in the spotlight, telling the 
audience about Hester Prynne, the 
woman she was about to play. 

"The funny thing is that I didn't even 
want to audition. I was terrified because it was a college 
production," Lewis says. "It wasn't until one of my friends 
was sitting with the play in her hands, getting ready to go 
and dazzle the director." 

To her it was an unconscious taunting, at that point she 
felt like she really wanted a part. Not only because her 
friend was trying out, but because she felt like she could 
do a good job playing the part. The Monday after audi- 
tions, the list of cast members was posted 
on the callboard. 

"Anytime you go and check a call- 
board, there are a million thoughts run- 
ning through your mind. 'What could I 
have done better?' 'Did I get the part?' 
'Do I really want to know?' 'If I didn't, 
how will I deal with it,' " Lewis says. 

Because of the thoughts that were 
going through her head, she really want- 
ed to be able to read the callboard with- 
out anyone else around, that way she 
could deal with the results on her own. 

30 The Grizzly 

As it turned out, though, Lewis had nothing to worry 

The Scarlet Letter is set back in days of old when the 
witch trials were being held in New England. The story is 
about a young widow— that's Lewis-who falls in love with 
the town reverend, Arthur Dimmesdale, played by John 
Sommerhauser. She ends up having a child and is labeled 
by the community as an adulterer. Then when everything 
seems to be settling in the community, her 
long lost husband comes to the town and 
haunts her. 

Lewis has always known that she 
wanted to be in theater. "I like being in 
front of people," Lewis says. "If I couldn't 
act professionally, then I want to bring 
those experiences to someone else." 

Top: Roger Chillingworth, played by Patrick 
Herd, gets his revenge on Hester by making 
her feel bad. Left: Mistress Hibbins, played 
by Brandy Meyers, comforts Pearl, played by 
Kimberly Hughes. Opposite page: In the open- 
ing scene, Hester is in jail for adultery. 

That's why she is double-majoring in theater and sec- 
ondary education. 

The Scarlet Letter was the first opportunity Lewis has 
had at the college level to perform. While she was taking 
on her first college role, she was also holding down 14 to 
16 hours a week at the Information Services office, attend- 
ing class 13 hours a week on top of going to play practices 
every night from 6-9:30 or 10 p.m. 

As far as the play itself, it was breathtaking to see the 
set with its trees standing in the background, bold colors 
filling in between and the actors portraying their charac- 
ters with a smoothness that only comes with practice. It 
was hard to tell who were the veteran actors on stage and 
who were performing on stage at Butler for the first time. 
The more you sat there, the more you felt like a part of it 

"It was really an awesome experience," Lewis says. "I 
really enjoy doing something that I truly love." 

It was an i i > i n experience. I enjoy doing something that I truly love." 

-Tammy Lewis, on playing the part of 
Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter 

The Grizzly 31 

Gkrlzzly Sj>otligl-kt 

The Grizzly mascot repairs the net during halftime of the game between 

Butler and Hutchinson on January 13. The Lady Grizzlies won their game 

65-60 and the men won their game 72-61 to complete the 

double-header sweep, only after the net was repaired. 

Photo by Mike Shepherd